Traveling to mediate means driving all over. I began mediating full time in the fall of 2014, and I thought it might be good reflect on the kinds of cases that I have taken, and where they have taken me.
As of March 2016, I have served as mediator for over 250 cases filed in the State of Colorado’s District Courts. These have been almost entirely domestic relations cases, but I have worked on a few Civil, Juvenile, and Probate cases.
One third of my work has come from Adams and Broomfield counties (85 cases). These are the two counties in which served as a magistrate. A large part of my work comes from Boulder and Denver (52 cases), but I am frequently at points south of the metro in Arapahoe and Douglas counties (48 cases), or in Jefferson County (41 cases).
You can find me further afield. I have mediated fifteen Weld county cases, and at least one case from each of El Paso, Elbert, Larimer, Logan, and Morgan counties.
Beyond cases in the District Courts, I have mediated over 50 landlord-tenant and other civil cases in County Court. Mostly these have been in Denver and Jefferson counties. Every once in a while I take a dispute that has not ripened into a court case, but 97% of my mediations are court ordered mediations.
My carbon footprint is larger than I would like. I have had lawyers drive to mediate with me from the Western Slope of Colorado, and even from New Mexico. Usually, parties come in by speaker phone when the distances are great, but that is never satisfactory, if only because you loose all the body language that is so helpful in settling cases: it really helps when people can see each other. I’ve been thinking about video conferencing to overcome that, but that is for the future. Did I mention that I am posting this from London, England.